Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17

At Reculver C.E Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined to ensure that all of our children are given every chance to reach their full potential.

Pupil Premium funding, along with allocations made from the school's own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect in order to fulfil this goal.



What is Pupil Premium?

In 2011/2012 the Government launched the Pupil Premium funding allocation to schools.

The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the schools budget and is based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years, Looked After Children (LAC) and for those children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces. The goal is that we are “consistently improving the outcomes, especially for disadvantaged pupils” (Ofsted).

The DfE have stated that schools have the freedom to decide how to use this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of individual pupils needs and that all pupils are taught to a good standard.

“Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.”

Source: DfE website.

The Senior Leadership Team, Governors, Pupil Premium champion and all members of the teaching staff monitor the attainment and progress of children very carefully. ALL children's progress is discussed at termly pupil progress meetings and where additional support is deemed necessary; Pupil Premium funding is frequently used to increase the opportunities that we are able to offer.

Funding is predominantly targeted at the improvement in attainment and progress in English and Maths as well as pupil well-being, but Reculver Primary School recognises the need to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum which we do through our INSPIRE curriculum and enrichment activities.

Our teachers are accountable for pupils' attainment, progress and outcomes. (Teacher Standards).

We have embedded a robust monitoring system based on termly tracking, classroom based monitoring and pupil progress meetings to ensure that all pupils achieve at least expected progress. Pupils identified as not making expected progress are rapidly identified and strategies put in place to address under performance.

We have high expectations of our teachers and provide them with a good programme of professional development opportunities to constantly improve their practice.

Where it is identified that a class/group is achieving well then a percentage of children are identified as a focus group for above expected progress, with an emphasis on Pupil Premium. The school has focused on developing teachers' skills in assessment and methods of teaching that effectively meet the needs of groups and individuals for next step learning.


Our School Development Plan aims to ensure that:

The percentage of children that reach ARE in Reading, Writing, GPS  and Maths  combined is in line with or exceeds the national average

  • Groups/ pupils at risk of under achievement are identified quickly and addressed through initiatives such as Achievement for all (AFA) and PIXL in order to close any gap
  • 100% of groups/ pupils at risk of underachievement make at least expected progress and an increasing percentage make above expected progress.


Pupil Premium Spending:

Our Pupil Premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children's attainment and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the school's aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school. Currently, we have 106 children on roll who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.



Academic Year

Amount of funding received











Potential Barriers to Disadvantaged Pupils within the School:

Disadvantage has a big influence on students’ life chances. As the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s 2014 ‘State of the Nation’ report highlights, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are: twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) and at higher risk of ending up in poverty as adults.

While it is important neither to stereotype disadvantaged learners nor to treat them as one homogenous group, some of the main barriers to learning that have been seen amongst our disadvantaged students are the following:

  • Lower than average attendance
  • Lower aspirations about their future
  • Poorer behaviour
  • A lack of readiness to learn when arriving at school
  • Higher than average proportion of students with special educational needs and learning difficulties
  • A lack of parental engagement and a lack of engagement in Home Learning opportunities
  • EAL
  • Social / economic implications
  • A low value of education and low expectations of attainment
  • Less enrichment opportunities


How do we measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

To monitor progress and attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Reculver Primary School, the 6 weekly (termly) cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort's attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. The school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for Pupil Premium who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.


Financial year 2016 to 2017:

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years: £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

Adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order, a residence order.

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 of Pupil Premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn't go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for looked-after children.

Eligibility for Free School Meals:

A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) on the KCC website or we will do this for you if you complete a form, available from the school office. You will need to enter your name, address, National Insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.


Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

For more information about free meals please contact the school office or you can find further guidance on the school website under the 'Parents' tab.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form or apply online. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school


Use of funding scheduled and planned for 2016/2017

  • To provide specific intervention programmes for underachieving pupils
  • Part funding for additional staffing, family support and attendance as part of the newly formed Wellbeing and Pastoral team
  • Training and resources for Read Write Inc. and Numicon
  • Part funding of TA’s taking small groups for Speech and language, individual reading recovery sessions, Read Write Inc and Numicon
  • Access to a school councillor service
  • Parenting workshops
  • Provision of 1:1 pastoral support, parents and families so that individual pupils develop socially, emotionally and academically.
  • Enrichment afternoons
  • Financial support for school trips and uniform.
  • Specific programmes adopted to raise attainment for disadvantaged pupils (Achievement for All/Pixl)
  • Training in and implementation of ‘I can TALK Boost’ for Early Years and KS1 pupils to improve language and communication skills
  • Involvement in a new learning programme called ‘Big Hopes Big Future’ which aims to support parents help their children be ‘ready for school’.


Allocation of funding as of September 2016

At Reculver Primary School we use additional funding in the following ways;


Allocation of Funding

Desired Impact

To provide specific intervention programmes for underachieving pupils

Accelerated progress and achievement for identified pupils.

Part funding for additional staffing to ensure PPG focused teaching. 


The creation of an additional Learning Group in each phase to enable smaller classes for

pupils working at and below age appropriate. Teaching is personalised to the narrow band of

levels in each learning group. Pupil progress measured at regular intervals across the year Accelerated progress and achievement for identified pupils.

Part funding for staffing of FLO, pastoral care assistant and attendance officer. 

Improved attendance and consistently above current government floor targets.

Training and resources for Read Write Inc and Numicon


Daily RWI Intervention Groups / 1:1 support through precision teaching: improved self-confidence and pupil participation in lesson with pre-teaching and/or reinforcement focusing on areas of support for individual pupils


To fund the ‘Achievement for All’ project

To raise parental engagement and support and therefore pupil standards.

To upskill teachers and Teaching assistants through coaching sessions and training, delivered both in house and in conjunction with Achievement for all coach

Access to school councillor service


Develop pupil’s perceptions about themselves resulting in increased engagement in school. 

Parenting workshops


Develop home-school links to impact on progress and achievement.

Provision of 1:1 pastoral support, parents and families so that individual pupils develop socially, emotionally and academically.


Improvement in pupil engagement resulting in accelerated progress.

Financial support for school trips and uniform.


All children able to access wider learning and curriculum enrichment activity

On site counsellor Monday to Friday

All children able to access the onsite counsellor for social, emotional and behavioural support.

Reading Recovery intervention teacher

To be used to raise the attainment of children’s reading.

Additional sports apprentice

This member of staff will increase the physical and sporting opportunities available to children as well as offer pastoral care.

Speech & Language specialist staff member



In-house support for specific pupils. Intervention Groups / 1:1 support through precision teaching: improved self-confidence and pupil participation in lesson with pre-teaching and/or reinforcement focusing on areas of support for individual pupils



Additional funding for ICT resources for use across the curriculum

Netbooks to be purchased for children e.g. with specific learning difficulties to accelerate progress.

Additional provision for music tuition/hire of instruments for those who wish to learn (guitar in the first instance)

Reading materials, reading books, storytelling resources to improve literacy and ignite a passion for reading. Resources to improve attainment in Maths